Posts Tagged ‘Red Sox’

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Yanks bullpen is Achilles heal

May 19, 2010

Joba no longer has the mystique of 2007.

Three games. Three blown leads. The Yankees bullpen is in trouble.

I don’t know what to think of the last three games — two against Boston, one versus Minnesota — but I know one thing for sure. Mariano will be OK. I can’t say the same thing about Joba Chamberlain. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer

December 1, 2009

Chris Coste is poised to wreak havoc in Citi Field for the Mets

According to multiple reports, The New York Metropolitans have signed free-agent catcher Chris Coste.  Coste hit .224 in 88 games with the Phillies and Astros last season, during which he played 15 games at first base. Andy Martino of the Philadelphia Inquirer is also reporting that former Mets catcher Brian Schneider has signed a two-year, $3 million deal with the Phillies. In two seasons with the Mets, Schneider appeared in just 169 games and hit  .244 with 12 home runs and 62 RBIs, as he was plagued by various leg and back injuries right from the start in 2008.

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In the words of Marv Albert: Yesssss!!!!!!

November 25, 2009

Open with caution at work

Bits ‘n Pieces:

– Taking charge!, Rex Ryan set to bench safety Kerry Rhodes for Sunday’s game

– Playing like turkeys, Nets lose again and remain winless

– It’s the Halladay season, Red Sox aggressively pursuing Roy Halladay

– Feast Week, College Basketball tournaments heat up with packed schedule

 

Girl of the day and more pieces after the jump!!!

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Can the Yankees repeat in 2010?

November 10, 2009

Here are both sides of the argument:

Reasons why the Yankees won’t repeat in 2010:

1) The core four — Rivera, Pettitte, Posada and Jeter — will all be one year older. Rivera is 40, Jeter will be 36, Posada and Pettitte both 38. You can’t expect the same kind of production from aging veterans, year in, year out. It’s not impossible, just unlikely.

2) The Red Sox and Rays will both improve and compete for the division.

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Red Sox GM Theo Epstein looks to reload his team for 2010.

Red Sox GM Theo Epstein already declined the team’s option on catcher Jason Varitek, and re-structured pitcher Tim Wakefield’s contract through 2011. The Red Sox are prime to make a big splash this offseason, with talks of trading for Padres slugger Adrian Gonzalez or Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. Also in the mix is Blue Jays free agent short stop Marco Scutaro, who the Sox are eyeing to fill their vacancy at short stop. The Sox will probably also re-sign Jason Bay. They still have Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis.

The Rays have a young gunner in David Price and I expect him to excel next season. Guys like Matt Garza and James Shields, both of whom had sub-par years, are due for a rebound season. BJ Upton was horrific this year, but he did come off shoulder surgery early in 2009 and never regained his 2008 form. When Upton gets everything back in order, he is a top-tier offensive threat.

3) Injuries. AJ Burnett threw nearly 220 innings this season, and this year was the first time he didn’t take any trips to the disabled list in a non-contract year. With older guys like Posada and Pettitte, injuries are inevitable.

4) Starting Rotation. Will Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes be a reliable starter in 2010?  Besides CC and AJ, the other two signed starters are unproven.

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Will Matsui be back next year?

5) Free agents. Three World Series heroes — Damon, Matsui and Pettitte — are free agents and nobody is sure who’s coming back. My hunch is that Damon and Pettitte come back on one-year deals, and the Yankees waive goodbye to the 2009 WS MVP. But what if they don’t sign Damon, or he takes a lucrative multi-year contract somewhere else? Between Matsui and Damon this year, they combined for 50 HRs and 170 RBIs. That’s a lot of production to replace.

Reasons why the Yankees will repeat in 2010:

1) The additions of Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Nick Swisher have solidified a new core to this Yankees team. They are all relatively young (under 32) and brought a new life and identity, along with some fun to the normally robotic and professional Yankees clubhouse. The taste of a championship only makes them yearn for another.

2) The new stadium is built for left-handed power bats, and if you haven’t noticed, the Yanks have a lot of left-handed power. More homeruns equals more wins. Plain and simple.

3) A new identity. This Yankee team has forged its own identity this year, rather than trying to replicate the identity of Torre’s championship teams. This new identity is one of never backing down or giving up, and believing in your teammate. That is how the old Yankees teams won, and seems to be how this team wins. Play hard for all 27 outs.

4) Alex Rodriguez. I know, I know. He’s been on the team for five years and the Yankees won a total of zero rings, before this year, during his tenure. I just believe that once a player shakes off the criticism of not winning the big game or not performing in clutch situations, the pressure is off, and that player is free to play the game with no strings attached. It happened with Peyton Manning, and I only see Alex being that much better in 2010. He probably wins the MVP in 2010.

5) Steinbrenner’s money. If they do lose Matsui and or Damon, don’t you think Cashman will open up the checkbook to fill that void? I’m thinking Chone Figgins. The Yankees have the resources to take losses and fill them with minimal effort. Question is, will that affect this Yankee team’s chemistry?

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When the Money Goes…rather where the Money Goes…

November 6, 2009

Yankee Money

Total Payroll from 2001 to 2009

Yankees- $1, 578, 299, 197

Red Sox- $1,087,054,090

Mets- $1,006,935,230

Marlins: $332,995,293

– The Yankees have spent almost 500 million dollars more than the Red Sox and only have half the championships in that period of time

– The Yankees have spent 1.2 Billion more than the Florida Marlins who have the same amount of championships in that period of time

– In 2009, the disparity in team salaries between the Yankees and the Mets who have the 1st and 2nd highest payrolls in the MLB are equivalent to the 2nd and 23rd highest payroll in the league which are the Mets and Orioles respectively.

** shout out to Joshua Blue on the number crunching

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Yankees are team of the decade

November 6, 2009

 

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The Yankees, with its 27th World Series championship, are officially the team of the decade

 

 

Now that the Yankees have won its 27th World Series championship, let the adulation begin.

Even though 2000 doesn’t technically count in this decade — for this post it will — the Yankees have gone to the World Series four times in the past 10 years and won twice. That’s twice as many World Series appearances than any other team in baseball since 2000.

They also have won 10 postseason series since 2000, two more than any other club in baseball during that time frame. In addition, the Yankees have the most wins – 965 – since 2000, 45 more wins than the second-winningest team, the Boston Red Sox.

So that’s nine playoff trips, four World Series appearances and two rings since 2000. The only team close enough to debate is the Red Sox, who have also won two rings in the same span. The Sox, however, are ranked second in wins (920), 95 -win seasons (six) and eight postseason series wins. Those all rank second behind the Yankees.

So is there even a debate?

Well, Phillies fans may have a gripe. Their team made it to back-to-back World Series. They won the National League twice in a row, and if they would have won this year, they would be only the third National League club in baseball history to win back to back titles.

However, the Phils only have three postseason appearances in the last ten years, and in 2000, when the Yankees were taking home its 4th title in five years, they were the losingest ball club in baseball, with 97 losses. They also don’t sport the most wins in the NL since 2000. The Cardinals, Dodgers and  Giants all won more games since the beginning of the decade.

The Cardinals, Braves and Dodgers also have double the amount of postseason appearances  (7, 6, 4 , respectively) than the Phillies.

So there it is.

The team of the 20th century is officially the team of the decade.

How do you like them apples.